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Royal Buying Group Awards 2009 Vendors of the Year

BURR RIDGE, Ill. -- Royal Buying Group Inc. (RBG) awarded the 2009 Vendors of the Year at the 2010 Independent C-Store Expo. The company grants the awards to vendors who provide the highest level of service and programming in their category to Royal Buying Group's chain of independently operated convenience stores, college bookstores, truck stops/travel plazas, independently operated pharmacy locations, tobacco and liquor store locations, according to RBG.

The following companies and contacts were honored with this award:

Beverage Category
Paul F. Meder, sales director - National Retail Sales, Anheuser-Busch

Candy Category
Robert Valladares, consumer business manager Convenience, Wrigley's Sales Co.

General Merchandise Category
Greg Foster, central sales manager, BIC Consumer Products

Equipment Category
Mary Agostini, sales manager, Midwest Region, Lancer Corp.

Food Category
Kathleen Byrd, director, Sales-Convenience Stores, Kraft Foods
Jimmy Burns, national accounts manager, Kraft Foods

Foodservice Category
Stephen Douglas, national account manager Convenience Stores, Boyd Coffee Co.

Snacks Category
Mike Crutchfield, senior market manager, Kellogg's

Tobacco Category
Bob Sobieck, national chain account manager, Altadis U.S.A.

Distributor Category
Brady Freeman, vice president of Sales/National Accounts, Eby-Brown

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